By Madhava Smullen
In a model similar to that of Gainesville’s Krishna House, thirty-five students from local universities are currently living and developing their spiritual lives at the Hare Krishna Training Centre (HKTC) in Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya. Meanwhile 10 to 15 each are staying at satellite centers in nearby Eldoret and Juja, while many more attend on a daily basis.
So far the HKTC has connected around 400 students with Krishna consciousness and helped them build character guided by Srila Prabhupada’s teachings, an effort appreciated by both parents and the government, who recognize ISKCON as an educational movement. Plans for more Hare Krishna Training Centres in Kenya are underway.
Director Govinda Prema Das first began student outreach in Nairobi and other Kenyan cities in 2011, distributing prasadam at students’ hostels and making friends with them, before offering courses about character-building from Srila Prabhupada’s books such as Science of Self-Realization.